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VRFA fire and rescue blotter | Sept. 20
Between Sept. 9 and 16, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 222 calls for service, among them the following:
Grease fire: 11:10 a.m., (Auburn). Firefighters hustling to a grease fire in a deep fryer at a grocery store deli discovered that somebody had already snuffed out the fire before they got there. The small fire had been contained within the cabinet of the fryer. Firefighters secured the gas to the unit and, after determining that there was no damage, took off.
Burn patient: 9:10 p.m., (Auburn). A man had been using a propane tank to light a barbecue when the valve assembly on the end of the propane tank hose came off, sending up a fireball that engulfed the man and a nearby pile of firewood. When firefighters arrived they found the man pouring water onto the woodpile, which was next to a garage. After firefighters had ensured the fire was out and gotten a look at the man's injuries, his girlfriend drove him to ARMC for treatment. The fire is under investigation.
Service call: 1:19 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a report of a car that had hit a pole secured the scene and examined the parties. Once the accident was verified to be a non-injury, firefighters turned the scene over to Auburn Police.
Aid call: 1:02 p.m., (Lea Hill). Firefighters helped an older woman who had been experiencing weakness and facial drooping. A private ambulance drove the woman Valley Medical Center for treatment of a possible stroke.
Car fire: 12:22 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a car fire in the Albertson's parking lot discovered that the vehicle's owner had used a jug of water to snuff out a small fire in the engine compartment.
Aid call: 9:38 a.m., (Lea Hill). Firefighters evaluated and stabilized a person who'd sustained a broken arm, then a private ambulance transported him or her to Valley Medical Center for further evaluation.
Aid call: 7:34 a.m., (South Auburn). Firefighters helped an older woman, conscious but suffering from stroke-like symptoms. Firefighters treated the woman at the scene, and then whisked her off in stable condition to a local hospital.
Man in garbage: 6:22 a.m., (Auburn). When the operators of a garbage truck emptied the contents of a commercial Dumpster into their truck, they were surprised to find a 40-year-old man among the Dumpster detritus. When firefighters got to the scene behind 1347 Auburn Way N., they extricated him from the truck and treated him. A private ambulance transported the man to MAMC.